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Nancy's Notes - February 25, 2016

“Ship of Brides” by JoJo Moyes, “The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian

   We have started our “Relaxation” series at the library. After enjoying our evening of coloring for adults last week, we will host Tai Chi on February 29. Ann Sullivan-Larson will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. Our activities will end on March 8 at 5:15 p.m. when Mary Louise Burt will demonstrate yoga and present some healthy eating choices. All events are free of charge, however we would like you to call for a reservation so we know how many to expect.
        This week I downloaded the e-book, “Ship of Brides”, from our web site. We also have a copy in our fiction collection. It was written by JoJo Moyes, who has become a popular author with our readers. The story begins in 1946 as the troops are returning home after World War II. Young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they married in wartime. Many who have only known their grooms for a very short time. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on a voyage to England aboard HMS Victoria, an aircraft carrier with a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the deckhands. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, a complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted.
        If a thriller is more your style try, “The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian. When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband Richard host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of questionable behavior. She takes their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she didn’t expect is that in his  drunkenness, her husband shares an intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stab and kill their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into a nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger.  She is running to escape the police and the gangsters.
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